Skip to comments.Let's Organize to Oust Patty Murray
Posted on 12/21/2002 7:56:42 AM PST by Kate in Palo Alto
WASHINGTON In a lunchtime discussion this week, Sen. Patty Murray told a group of high-school students to think about how Osama bin Laden's generosity to the poor may have helped him win support around the world.
I'm trying to figure out who I know up there. Is there a Freeper Ping List for WA?
This woman should step down!
Pass the word to all you know that might help out.
But, you know she will just whine and get her way. It's pretty hard to recall a Senator. But a lot of heat should be put on her. And your right! Her remark was a LOT worse then Lott's! Maybe she CAN be forced to step down!
"What is important is that we have to have thoughtful debates and discussions in this country and raise questions and answer them without being pulled into some right-wing media frenzy," Murray said. "That is truly frightening to me.
Maybe we should let her know how it feels to be Trent Lott. Her comments about bin Laden could have been, and probably were, made by idiot left-wing politicians in the 1930's praising what Hitler had done for the people of Germany. What is truly frightening is that this woman is a Senator speaking about a terrorist leader who attacked our country as if he were a great humanitarian.
The legislation builds on McGovern's work with the WFP, which fed over 12 million school children in 54 countries in 2000. McGovern was named U.S. Ambassador to the WFP in 1998.
Today, there are approximately 800 million people suffering from chronic hunger in the world, including 300 million children. A great deal of the problem is due not to food shortages, but to corrupt governments and inadequate infrastructure. But the WFP has some tough-minded individuals intent on solving those problems, according to McGovern.
The program also goes a long way toward building U.S. markets. In 2001 alone, the United States donated almost 2 million metric tons of foodstuffs to hungry people around the world, including 55,000 metric tons of rice, a million metric tons of wheat and 470,000 metric tons of corn.
Pending legislation would commit the U.S. government to spend an additional $750 million to provide school meals for the world's poor children. Rice, milk and corn and wheat products would be on the menu. U.S. producers would supply a large portion of it. And of course, we would also be reducing any oversupply of agricultural commodities.
McGovern stresses that the effort is not a permanent gift from the outside world. It's to show these poor countries how they can set up and effectively operate a child-feeding program, school lunch or whatever.
If they'll set up a good nutritious school lunch program, these kids will come to school if for no other reason than the parents making sure they do because it takes some pressure off the food budget at home.
McGovern stresses that one good turn should deserve another. Every country that has elevated its development and improved its productivity becomes better commercial customers of the United States, McGovern said. Japan comes to mind as a classic example of that. Americans probably aren't aware that right after the war, we shipped a lot of food to Japan, to their schools.
We did a lot to get the Japanese back into the global economy. It may have cost us our automobile market. At the same time, Americans benefited enormously. I suspect that one reason why the economy is as sluggish as it is right now is because Japan and the Asian countries haven't been doing well the past 10 years.
It's easy to demonstrate that we build markets for the future when we help increase health of another country, McGovern said. However, at the same time that we are pressing for more market opportunities for ourselves, we make it difficult for these developing countries to sell into our markets. We have to change that.
McGovern also stresses that food distribution to underdeveloped countries could perhaps even stave off terrorism.
All of us were shocked by the attack on the World Trade Center. Why is it that a wealthy zealot like Osama bin Laden can go through the back country of Afghanistan and Pakistan and the slums of Cairo and recruit tens of thousands of young men who hate us so fervently that they are willing to give their lives to take a swing at us. I don't think our national policymakers are asking that question with enough intensity.
I don't know if killing Osama bin Laden is the answer to the hopelessness that seems to have taken over in parts of the world. That's another reason why I'm for a universal school lunch program to help relieve some of the fury and the hopelessness.
When asked about the cost of feeding the world versus letting poor countries fend for themselves, McGovern took a different approach. Hungry people are a drag on the economy. They have less production of their own, less income to spend on what other producing countries have to sell and it has the effect of taking $16 billion (annually according to recent research) out of our pockets.
On the other hand, the highest estimates for feeding all of the world's hungry is around $10 billion a year.
Feeding world's hungry builds markets By Elton Robinson Farm Press Editorial Staff Delta Farm Press, Sep 6, 2002
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